Extinction Rebellion environmental activists block traffic in the financial district of the City of London during rush hour on April 25 London. WIktor Szymanowicz / NurPhoto / Getty Images The UK parliament became the first national legislative body in the world to declare a climate change "emergency" Wednesday. The historic move closely follows Extinction Rebellion protests that blocked traffic in key parts of central London for a week in April. The protest had three demands: that the UK government "tell the truth" about climate change, that it achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 and that it create a citizens’ assembly to help with that process. The protesters embraced parliament’s decision Wednesday as a step towards meeting their first demand. BREAKING – UK MPs pass a motion to declare an environment & climate emergency. This has seen them start to… https://t.co/zzqk37UDWP — Extinction Rebellion 🐝⌛️🦋 (@ExtinctionR) 1556734853.0 The emergency declaration was proposed by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "Today, we have the opportunity to say, ‘We hear you,’" Corbyn told parliament, according to Reuters . "By becoming the first parliament in the world to declare a climate emergency, we could, and I hope we do, set off a wave of action […]

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